Trust Exercise

Trust Exercise

3.14 (26,070 ratings by Goodreads)
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Both inventive and shocking, Trust Exercise became a sensation on publication in the USA for its timely insights into sex, power and the nature of abuse.

Sarah and David are in love - the obsessive, uncertain love of teenagers on the edge of adulthood. At their performing arts school, the rules are made by their magnetic drama instructor Mr Kingsley, who initiates them into a dangerous game. Two decades on we learn that the real story of these teenagers' lives is even larger and darker than we imagined, and the consequences have lasted a lifetime.

Trust Exercise is a brilliant, unforgettable novel about what we lose, gain and never get over as we're initiated into the mysteries of adulthood.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 230g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9781788161688
  • 43,911

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A Russian doll of a novel Daily Telegraph
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A Russian doll of a novel * Daily Telegraph * Will leave you shaken to your very core * Cosmopolitan * A devastatingly apt analysis of what men have gotten away with * The New York Times * Remarkable ... a phosphorescent examination of sexual consent -- Top Books of 2019 * The New York Times * Tense and lovely -- Best Books of 2019 * New Yorker * Tricksy and beguiling -- Books of the Year * Economist * Unputdownable -- Must-Read Books of 2019 * Time Magazine * Spellbinding -- Best Books of 2019 * Elle Magazine * Trust Exercise is Choi's fifth novel, and without a doubt her most ingenious yet. Sure, submitting to it is a "trust exercise" all of its own, but the razzmatazz that awaits is well worth it. -- Lucy Scholes * FT * Powerful, addictive, smart * Elle Magazine * Taut, distinctive and deeply unsettling * Daily Mail * A masterly study of power and its abuses ... Choi shows how much we need our female novelists within the sea change of our current moment * Guardian * A captivating, dark and unforgettable read * You *
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About Susan Choi

Susan Choi is the author of five novels and was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award in 2010. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the winner of the 2021 Sunday Times Short Story Prize. She teaches at Yale and lives with her family in Brooklyn.
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26,070 ratings
3.14 out of 5 stars
5 12% (3,184)
4 27% (6,981)
3 32% (8,390)
2 20% (5,221)
1 9% (2,294)
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